Agent orange

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Looking like a foreman on a city road crew, Jesper Parnevik stood out more for his brightly coloured orange clothing than his score.

The always fashionable Swede shot a 4-under 66 yesterday, one back of leaders Mark Calcavecchia and Lucas Glover after the first-round of the PGA Tour's Bell Canadian Open.

Playing on Shaughnessy G&CC -- what has been described as the 'toughest course all year' -- Parnevik chipped in on holes five and six for birdies to put himself in sole possession of second place.

"I felt good with the driver, which is key around here because hitting it in that rough, it's virtually impossible to get to the green from there," said Parnevik, whose best finish at the Canadian Open was a tie for ninth in last year's event at Glen Abbey. "This is probably the toughest course we've played all year. You have to hit it in the fairway."

Canadian Mike Weir, last year's runner-up after losing in a playoff to Vijay Singh, got off to a brutal start but turned things around late. The Bright's Grove, Ont., native was six over after six holes, with a double bogey on No. 5. However, four late birdies ended his day at 1-over 71.

"I got off to an awful start and a lot of golf will be played and you never know," said Weir. "When you play like that, the opportunity for it to turn around like it did today is there. If you hang your head and sulk, it's not going to happen, you'll shoot 80."

Ian Leggatt of Cambridge, Ont., was the top Canadian on the day with an even par 70. Meanwhile, Calgary's Stephen Ames settled for a 3-over 73.

Calcavecchia made his mark yesterday with a 3-under on the front nine. After a birdie on No. 11, his second hole of the day after starting on the back nine, Calcavecchia followed it up with a 20-footer and a 40-footer for birdies on Nos. 13 and 16, respectively.

"I don't think anybody has ever won a tournament without putting great," he said.

Glover's score could've been a lot lower had he not double bogeyed the ninth. But the 26-year-old Greenville, S.C., native erased that with four birdies on the back nine to work himself back up the leaderboard. As one of the late afternoon tee times yesterday, Glover expects having a morning round today will help him keep his momentum.

"In the late afternoon the rough isn't as bad because the rough is trampled down and not as wet but, in the morning the greens will be softer," said Glover, who made 25 putts yesterday. "If you hit it into the fairway, opportunities will be there. But if you miss, the rough is much more penal."


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